Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Fungi that evolved to eat wood offer new biomass conversion tool

Twenty years ago, a microbiologist and colleagues discovered a unique system that some microorganisms use to digest and recycle wood. Three orders of 'brown rot fungi' have now been identified that can break down biomass, but details of the mechanism were not known. Now, using several complementary research tools, these researchers report new details of an unexpected mechanism at work, one that surprisingly does not involve enzymes, the usual accelerators of chemical reactions.

from Geochemistry News -- ScienceDaily http://ift.tt/2vYooXe

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